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It's Not Easy Being a Bunny (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover – September 12, 1983

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Illus. in full color. "Sick of being a bunny, P. J. Funnybunny takes off to become a bear. Hibernation gets dull, so he tries being a bird. And so it goes, with beavers, pigs, possums, and skunks--till P. J. realizes that bunnyhood is for him. The short, repeating text is ideal for beginners and the bright, humorous cartoons will get immediate attention."-- "School Library Journal.

About the Author

Marilyn Sadler has written more than 35 books and has won 12 awards. She received 1 Emmy nomination for her animated series, Handy Manny (which averaged around 2 million viewers a week!). She is the author of the P. J. Funnybunny books and the books about Alistair.

Marilyn lives in Ohio with her cat, Alice, who s shaped like a half sphere when she is sleeping and who acts like a princess when she s awake. Marilyn is 1/2 of the team that created the world of Charlie Piechart. Visit her online atwww.marilynsadler.net.

Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen have been writing and illustrating children's books for 20 years. Their work has received many honors, including an IRA Classroom Choice Award and a Parents' Choice Award. They both live in Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Grolier Book Club edition (September 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394861027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394861029
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With a degree in art, Marilyn always assumed she would be an illustrator. But when, early in her career, she was presented with an opportunity to write, she seized it and quickly discovered that she had found her true love. No sad, sappy stories for her, however. She likes to make herself laugh and with that her characters usually end up looking pretty silly for one reason or another.

Her first children's book featured a fastidious little English boy named Alistair Grittle and was originally created for the English publisher, Hamish Hamilton, as well as for Simon & Schuster in the United States. Having created a boy with such perfect behavior, she then turned her attention to a not so perfectly behaved little boy. His name was P.J. Funnybunny, and he has existed for many years in a series of books for Random House, including highly prestigious spots in the Dr. Seuss Cat In the Hat series.

Marilyn's television credits include two PBS Reading Rainbow programs featuring Alistair, an Alistair program for the BBC, three ABC Weekend Specials featuring P.J. Funnybunny, and a show based on her children's book, "Elizabeth and Larry", for Showtime's Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories.

Between 1999 and 2004, The Disney Channel produced three Original Movies based on Marilyn's book, "Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century". Each of Disney's Zenon movies had exceptionally high ratings, with "Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century" and "Zenon the Zequel" among the highest rated shows in the history of The Disney Channel.

In 2004, Playhouse Disney began production on Marilyn's animated series, "Handy Manny". "Handy Manny" premiered September 16, 2006, as the highest rated Playhouse Disney series premiere of all time. Since its debut, "Handy Manny" has averaged approximately 2 million viewers a week, has generated consistent critical acclaim and has developed a deeply loyal audience.

In 2009, Marilyn was nominated for an Emmy Award as Executive Producer of Handy Manny in the category of "Outstanding Special Class Animated Program".

In September of 2015, Eric Comstock and Marilyn's Charlie Piechart mystery-math series was launched by Harper Collins Publishers with the release of their first book, "Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice".

Published Books

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice (Harper Collins)
Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni (Blue Apple Books)
Alice from Dallas (Abrams Publishing)
Ten Eggs in a Nest (Random House)
Pass It On (Blue Apple Books)
The Parakeet Girl (Random House)
It's Not Easy Being a Bunny (Random House)
The Very Bad Bunny (Random House)
Honey Bunny Funnybunny (Random House)
Money Money Honey Bunny (Random House)
Honey Bunny's Honey Bear (Random House)
PJ The Spoiled Bunny (Random House)
PJ Funnybunny Camps Out (Random House)
PJ Funnybunny's Bag of Tricks (Random House)
Bedtime for Bunnies (Random House)
PJ Funnybunny and His Very Cool Birthday Party (Random House)
Knock Knock, It's PJ Funnybunny (Random House)
Bobo Crazy (Random House)
Stuck on Earth (Random House)
Spaceball Star (Random House)
Trouble With Fun (Random House)
Alistair's Elephant (Simon and Schuster)
Alistair in Outer Space (Simon and Schuster)
Alistair's Time Machine (Simon and Schuster)
Alistair Under Water (Simon and Schuster)
Alistair and the Alien Invasion (Simon and Schuster)
Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century (Simon and Schuster)
Elizabeth and Larry (Simon and Schuster)
Elizabeth, Larry and Ed (Simon and Schuster)
PJ Funnybunny in The Perfect Hiding Place (Golden Books)
Blue Barry Bear Counts From 1 to 20 (Golden Books)
PJ Funnybunny in The Great Tricycle Race (Golden Books)
Chuck Wood and the Woodchucks in The Big Game (Golden Books)
The Copykitty (Golden Books)
Nanny Goat and the Lucky Kid (Golden Books)
Bob and John at Lake Kitty Paw Paw (Troll Publishing)
Bob and John in Bad to the Bone (Troll Publishing)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a favorite bedtime story that my 4 year old just adores. Ultimately it's about being happy with who you are and it teaches the lesson in a simple, fun to read story.
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This book is so funny -- as the name of the characters reveal, the Funnybunnies have loads of adventures to which every child can relate.

P.J. isn't happy with his looks. In fact, he despises his long ears and even rejects his cooked carrots at mealtime. He sets off to find his identity by trying out various families in the community. He isn't comfortable with the bears, the birds, the beavers, pigs, possums or moose. Ultimately, P.J. recognizes the merits of being a bunny after all.

This uplifting tale is easy for first readers because of its repetition. Younger siblings will enjoy the brilliant illustrations. Parents will love it for the ability to shout "Mooook" like a moose in the middle of the story.

I'm particularly fond of this book as it is the first book my daughter ever read in English (we are raising them bilingually in Germany).

Hats off to the Funnybunnies, and the author, Marilyn Sadler, who created them.

Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of "Diary of a Mother" and "SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe", lives near Munich with her husband and two children. [...]
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I came across this book a few weeks back. I haven't read it for quite some time as my youngest child is 16. My kids started laughing because I remembered all the words......and so did they! What an impact this story had on all of us. So many children (and adults) feel they cannot be happy because some part of their body is not perfect! I love the way this story tells all of us that having "not so perfect" parts is not so bad. We tend to think things are greener on the other side....but as P.J. shows us through this delightful book, they sometimes are not! This book is a "page turner". If you purchase this book, be prepared to read it everyday! This will soon become a favorite! Terri "Hunter" Ward, children's author of One Starry Night and Aunt Tami's Strawberry Farm.
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My toddler son received this book as a gift for his first birthday. It came highly recommended from a teen friend who had treasured it as a childhood favorite. We weren't disappointed. I am not sure if it is the language, simple illustrations, or the premise but he never tires of It's Not Easy Being a Bunny. Not only do we recommend this book, we have already purchased it for other first birthday gifts. We give it an unequivocal A+ rating.
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Read it at bedtime for a 4 year old boy. He asks for it often enough and he likes to fill in the blanks, so I read it that way. Very cute. I like books that I buy for children's home collection that they ask to have read to them time and time again.
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This was one of my favorite books growing up.. one my mom and I both loved.. I'm on the search to buy it for my best friend's soon to be born son. I should have gotten it for her first born, but it completely slipped my mind. Her oldest is six, so its one they can enjoy together. still to this day my mom makes references to cooked carrots and how PJ and I had them in common. Its a story of a bunny who wants to be different, its a story of self acceptance....and I think has a hidden meaning of Mother Knows Best :)
Ahh, to be young again.
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My little guy doesn't have any patience for books except for this one and "Put Me in the Zoo". We have to read this to him almost 4 times a day, and he can finish the ends of the sentences. It's so fun to see him enjoy books, and hopefully it will introduce him to other books too. I highly recommend this one. It's fun, helps with animal recognition, etc..
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A Kid's Review on April 2, 2002
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I like the character in the story because he does not like the cooked carrots. I hate cooked carrots. Another reason I liked the book was because he found out that just being a bunny is okay. Because some of the animals do not like being what they are either. He found himself.
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